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Old 07-20-2015, 11:58 AM
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1979 Stars & Stripes Light Restoration Project

My boat hasn't seen the water in a couple years. I kept the boat in Austin where my brother lived, but when he moved to Houston (where I live), I retrieved the boat and it's been sitting in my driveway ever since. I began disassembling the boat to do some inspection work and to refurb any issues I might have found. I also planned on replacing the graphics. Due to the overbearing heat at the time, I stopped working on it and never got back to it.

Well, an unfortunate turn of events inspired me to get back to it. I pulled the boat out from behind the house, emptied the gas tank, refilled it. and hooked it up. I replaced the battery and to my utter astonishment, the boat cranked right up and ran like it did when I last used it over two years ago. It ran a tad bit choppy for about 20 seconds, then settled into a nice rumbling purr. I have to give Ford a High-Five on this...

So, I power-washed the boat and got to work... I've done so many things to it now, that I hope I don't forget anything, but am going to post several photos along with descriptions in hopes that someone might find inspiration or find it useful. After all, one of the major hurdles in this project was successfully overcome due to a thread posted here not long ago.

Anyway, photos coming shortly...
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:08 PM
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It's nice when things work out better than you expected once in a while. Looking forward to seeing pics.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:13 PM
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Can't wait to see the pics. Love me some Stars and Stripes.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:14 PM
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This is the boat after a thorough power washing. I stripped the graphics off a long time ago.



This is the observation bench cowling before I restored it. It had many cracks and looked terrible.

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This is the "After" photo. I laid up fiberglass on the bottom and in the areas around the edge where the screws attach it to the floor. I ordered a new glove box and installed it as well.

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Old 07-20-2015, 12:17 PM
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Nice looking boat and great work on the seat base.
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CARBURETOR REBUILDING - $199
Parts, labor and return shipping included


2 LED 6" BRAKE LIGHTS DELIVERED $32
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:20 PM
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I have posted this a long time ago, but thought I'd include it.

The '79 was the year they went to the fiberglass swim deck, which I never liked much. I wanted the look of my brother's '77, so I purchased the teak deck from a member here on TT. The deck was new, but weathered to the usual grey coloring. I restored it with the Linseed Oil/Mineral Spirits approach.

I am currently awaiting the completion of a new bracket for the deck that will utilize the existing thru-transom bolt holes the were used to mount the old fiberglass deck.


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Old 07-20-2015, 12:26 PM
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BTW, I plan to use some shower pan liner - cut to size - between the swim deck bracket plate that will span the transom and the transom itself. Will post pictures later this week when the bracket is done...
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:31 PM
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I decided to paint the windshield frame one night sometime back after several Cold Billypops. Worked out well, but it wasn't until about fifteen days later that I realized just how well. This is how long it took for the paint to cure. I used a Rustoleum High Performance Enamel. At first, I was rather disappointed as the stuff seemed soft and resistant to curing. Once cured, however, it looks and feels like it's been powdercoated. Awesome stuff!!




Fully masked-off and primed...



Here it is painted.

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Old 07-20-2015, 12:32 PM
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Thanks, Mr. Mastercraft!!!
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:34 PM
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Some items I've repaired/replaced of which I have no photos are the following:

Ignition Switch

Bow Light

Bow Eye

Trailer Lights/Wiring

Greased Trailer Wheel Hubs
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